The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.

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Hassan Salah
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Rachman Habib
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Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
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Morgan
George Skaff ...
Kura
Nate Esformes ...
Hakim
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
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2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Coroner
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega
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Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <jen@cistron.nl>

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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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This episode, A Case of Immunity, was first aired on October 12, 1975, exactly four months before the brutal murder of star Sal Mineo on February 12, 1976. See more »

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When Columbo is poured tea in the final scene, he holds the tea cup and saucer in his left hand, the handle of the tea cup turned towards his right hand. When the camera angle changes, he is seen holding the saucer in his right hand and immediately grabs the tea cup with his left hand to drink from it. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: [as Hassan removes an exquisite vase form the lieutenant's hands] This is a beautiful piece, sir. You know, we have one just like this back on the dining room table in our house. Almost the same design.
Hassan Salah: Uh, this is third century; it's worth several thousand dollars.
Lt. Columbo: No kidding. You know, I think my wife got ours at the farmer's market. Well, I guess ours is just a copy.
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27 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my all time favorite Columbo episodes. Peter Falk is at his bumbling best and Hestor Elizondo is simply fantastic.

But what really deserves comment is the writing. A particularly memorable exchange occurs between Columbo and a chief suspect, Hassan Salah, played by Hector Elizondo. As I remember it goes something like this:

Columbo: Oh, no, you couldn't possibly have done it. You know, sometimes I can just look at someone and say "He couldn't possibly have done it." And when I first met you I said to myself "He couldn't possibly have done it."

Salah: That's very reassuring, Lieutenant. How often are you right?

Columbo: Oh, only about twenty percent of the time.

***** You really have to see it to fully appreciate it. It is truly classic.


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